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    An Arizona TV reporter on assignment at the home of a former Arizona State University football player, who was accused of burning his family’s poodle in the BBQ smoker as a religious-based means of atoning for his daughter’s “devil” T-shirt, became part of the story himself when he allegedly defecated in the front yard of a nearby residence.

    Jonathan Lowe, a reporter with KPHO in Phoenix, was arrested after a neighbor said she saw him taking the indecent liberty on a homeowner’s lawn, and called police. The television station now identifies Lowe as a “former reporter.”
    The New York Daily News said Lowe admitted his act, but told police he was desperate.
    “I know what you want to talk to me about,” he said to the arresting officer, the police report states. “I’ve been feeling very sick and I’ve been stuck in this [stake-out] van all day. Those people who called on me just wanted to start problems.”
    Jonathan Lowe, a reporter for KPHO in Phoenix, was arrested for allegedly defecating on someone’s lawn during a story./Photo: KPHO-TV

    He faces a fine of $2,500 on charges of public defecation, or six months in jail, the Phoenix New Times reported.
    And as if that story doesn’t already fall into the category of strange but true tales, the reason for Lowe’s stake-out in the neighborhood in the first place may very well. Lowe was trying to obtain information for a story he was covering about Patrick Zane Thompson, 42, a former college-football player who reportedly killed and burned the family’s poodle when he discovered his 17-year-old daughter was wearing a shirt he saw as demonic in nature.
    According to Lowe’s written narrative of the incident, Thompson became angered with his daughter’s wearing of the shirt, and demanded she give it to him. He then reportedly burned it in the barbeque cooker at his home.
    Lowe then continued, in his television report: “When Thompson went back into the house … he got more erratic and told his family, in front of his four minor children, that he needed to make a sacrifice of a male.

    According to the victims, Thompson stated it had to be either himself, his firstborn 6-year-old son or the family dog, a small, white poodle weighing about 15 pounds.”
    Lowe reported Thompson allegedly broke the dog’s neck and then smoked it on the barbeque. Police and firefighters responding to the scene said they viewed the poodle atop the cooker.
    Thompson reportedly explained his bizarre behavior to police by allegedly claiming he smoked marijuana earlier in the day and was having an “episode,” and that the “devil made him do it,” the New York Daily News reported
    The former football star was charged with animal cruelty, assault, threats against his family and tampering with evidence, the American Mirror reported.
    A police report narrative showed Lowe telling an officer that he had been feeling sick.

    But it was during this gathering of information that Lowe allegedly defecated in a local family’s yard.
    The New Times reported: “Goodyear police … confirm that the citation [to Lowe] was for defecation. [A spokesman] says the arrest took place at about 3:10 p.m., and that at the time various media outlets had been ‘in the neighborhood of the home where the dog incident took place.'”


  • #2
    When you gotta go, you gotta go!


    • #3
      I heard he was the station's number 2 reporter.


      • CommackBoy
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      • Southshorerob
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        Good one !

    • #4
      Originally posted by bberetta1
      I heard he was the station's number 2 reporter.
      You just made me choke! I was drinking a a nice cool beverage when I read that. Now I have to change my clothes!
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      • #5
        Had to resurrect this Budweiser commercial!

        Did he cut the cheese before he pinched a loaf?

        Last edited by John060404; 05-20-2016, 07:15 PM.


        • #6
          Exercise the Bill of Rights. It's good for your Constitution.